Fuse #8

Friday, February 02, 2007

Debut Novel Editors

I don't know how editors will feel about this, but there's a website out there that offers up the names of the editors of children's books who, "have, at least once, bought the rights to first novels by unknown novelists or nonfiction writers." It's doggone fascinating. I don't know where they culled this information but my sources inform me that the list is legit. Take a gander.

Please check out the comments on this posting and note the inaccuracies found at this site. Good to know, people. Good to know.



At 8:00 AM , Blogger Mikalroy said...

Interesting idea, but a quick glance at this list reveals it to be so out of date and so full of inaccuracies that it would probably hinder more writers than it helps.

My listing has my name spelled incorrectly--"Sterns" instead of "Stearns"; has me still working at Harcourt Children's Books instead of HarperCollins, where I've been for the last few years; and has me working out of the San Diego Harcourt office, which I left way back in 2001.

About the only thing accurate is that I've published first novelists. But heck, that's true of pretty much everyone in children's publishing.

At 8:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't look accurate to me either. SCBWI publishes, for members, a list that is updated every year. They also track publishing moves all through the year.

At 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be more interested to see if there are any editors who have NEVER published a first-time novelist.

At 11:04 AM , Blogger Rebecca Stead said...

My thoughts exactly -- hasn't any editor worth her salt published new voices? Sad to think otherwise.

At 11:30 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Good points all. I'll edit the posting accordingly. Can't have erroneous info on my blog, now can I?

At 3:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Their list of adult editors is so woefully out of date, it's almost comical. Publishers Marketplace is the best place for up-to-date information on who's acquiring what, where.

At 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another resource for publisher information is JacketFlap - http://www.jacketflap.com (shameless plug).


At 8:08 AM , Anonymous Charlotte Jensen said...

As a writer I find the Writers Handbook published by Macmillan to be the premier resource on the publishing industry, although Kremer's bookmarket is best for online research by far.

At 11:23 AM , Anonymous book publishers said...

My thoughts exactly -- hasn't any editor worth her salt published new voices? Sad to think otherwise.


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